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The NSA is monopolizing the security landscape, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Intelligence Agency spending a significant effort to develop a computer that could break the majority of encryption algorithms and applications that use them. The intent is to improve the surveillance capabilities of the agency, breaking principal encryption systems the NSA could spy on other foreign spying applications and banking platforms.
The revelations are based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The report mentions the development of a quantum computer that could be used to break encryption codes used to protect sensitive data all over the world. The effort is impressive, a quantum computer is a computation device that makes direct use of quantum-mechanical phenomena to perform calculation.
The Washington Post revealed that a quantum computer could take years to develop, it’s use is not limited to cryptanalysis but could be extended in other sectors including industry and medicine. The newspaper doesn’t provides any information on the involvement of private companies for the designing of the supercomputer.
The NSA development of a quantum computer is partially financed with funds belonging to research program codenamed “Penetrating Hard Targets” for which the Government reserved $79.7 million.